The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION -

Peter Glee­son is spot-on (“Our streets are blocked by a wave of couch-surf­ing bludgers”, 13/10). The cur­rent crop of un­der­em­ployed noisy ac­tivists pos­ing as con­cerned eco-evan­ge­lists are pro­vid­ing a master­class in vac­u­ous virtue-sig­nalling.

I trust that I speak for many other law-abid­ing cit­i­zens who are get­ting a lit­tle fed up with the civil dis­obe­di­ence that is cur­rently in­fect­ing our na­tion’s CBDs, where cli­mate pro­test­ers feel em­pow­ered to ef­fec­tively shut down ma­jor roads and cause com­muter chaos. On a school ex­cur­sion sev­eral years ago, I wit­nessed a soli­tary dis­turbed in­di­vid­ual prance about in the mid­dle of a busy ar­te­rial road in­ter­sec­tion. Within a few min­utes, he was rightly re­moved and ar­rested by po­lice of­fi­cers, so that the four­way traf­fic could flow again.

How­ever, why is it that sim­ply be­ing an­gry and find­ing 100 other un­der­em­ployed ac­tivists in search of a cause en­tails you to then suc­cess­fully shut off busy sec­tions of the city, in or­der to screech that Aus­tralia’s 1.3 per cent con­tri­bu­tion to world­wide green­house gases is some­how re­spon­si­ble for the ex­tinc­tion of an un­spec­i­fied species?

Here’s an al­ter­na­tive sug­ges­tion: find some fel­low re­mon­stra­tors, travel down to Can­berra and picket the em­bassies of China and In­dia, which are build­ing new coalpower sta­tions quicker than we can shut them down.

Per­haps then take some time to ac­tu­ally write to the am­bas­sadors of said na­tions, calmly set­ting forth your point of view. Such ac­tions might not be sexy and will re­quire a lit­tle more ef­fort than sim­ply mak­ing a card­board plac­ard that makes for a snappy In­sta­gram photo, but it would at least demon­strate a gen­uine com­mit­ment to the cause. PETER WATER­HOUSE


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